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Larry Bird lives up to "legend" nickname

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Larry Bird with Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel Larry Bird with Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel
Chad Hardin posted this picture of himself and his brother taken with Larry Bird in 1983. Chad Hardin posted this picture of himself and his brother taken with Larry Bird in 1983.
Megan Hillan Veigel tells us she snapped this pic of Bird and her daughter in 2007. He asked if it was okay to pick her up for the picture, since she only came up to his knee. Megan Hillan Veigel tells us she snapped this pic of Bird and her daughter in 2007. He asked if it was okay to pick her up for the picture, since she only came up to his knee.
Larry with Kim Kinser and Regina DeMasi Larry with Kim Kinser and Regina DeMasi
INDIANAPOLIS -

Pacers President Larry Bird is meeting with owner Herb Simon Tuesday, and he is expected to leave the team. Here's a look back at Bird's storied career.

Bird joined the Pacers in 1997 as the head coach. Over three seasons, Bird led the Pacers back to the national spotlight by reaching the conference finals for three consecutive years.

In 2000, Pacers fans will always remember Bird's team challenging the Lakers in the NBA Finals. Pacers basketball was officially back with their high-profile coach leading the way.

Bird moved to the front office in 2003 and learned the personnel game from longtime Pacers President Donnie Walsh.

In 2008, Bird took over full control of the franchise. He led the franchise through some tough times, helping to rebuilt the teams image by changing the player culture on and off the court.

Just two months ago, Bird was named the NBA Executive of the Year. He became the first person to ever win Executive of the Year, Coach of the Year and MVP - but Larry was never about awards and honors.

Bird always said he had a three-year rebuilding plan. He wanted to leave the franchise better than when he took over.

The Pacers have made the playoffs the past two years and the future is bright. So, at 55 years old, Larry Legend feels like his work is done.

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